A trip to Muddy Waters is more historic than you think! 

While the taste of our authentic slow-smoked chicken and ribs will certainly leave a lasting memory on your taste buds, our restaurant also gives diners the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich history of the Forks.
Roughly 6,000 years ago, the Forks was a place where Aboriginal groups and Aboriginal bison hunters flourished. Extensive archaeological investigations over the years unearthed several campsites that showed evidence of stone tool flakes, catfish bones and hearth, proving this was an active and key area during this time.
The Forks earned its name because of its position where the Assiniboine River flows into the Red. It has played an important role in history, serving as the backdrop for many significant historic events — from the European fur traders who came to sell their wares to the building of the railroad.
Today, the Forks is a place where people all over the province, Canada and the world come to meet. It is Winnipeg’s number one tourist destination and sees millions of visitors each year who come to immerse themselves in the historic significance of the space and to see how it has been transformed over the years.
Muddy Waters is located southeast of the Johnston Terminal with patio seats adjacent to the restaurant in prime view of the Forks’ canopy, which regularly hosts a variety of events — from festivals and concerts to buskers and artisan vendors.
Our other patio is built along the embankment closer to the Assiniboine River and offers breathtaking views as well as even more great food and drink.